Paper Boat drinks review: As close as it can get to the real thing

Paper Boat drinks

In my many years as a blogger and a journalist (sort of), I have posted reviews of the usual gadgets, software, movies, music, books, websites, WiFi on Indian Railways and also of a few magazines but never that of a drink (excluding, of course, the occasional Old Monk endorsement). Scepticism is something that my profession [Read more]

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: The actual newspaper headlines in September 1960 were quite different

Milkha misses bronze medal by split second

Indians would have surely been disappointed by Milkha Singh’s legendary defeat in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Rome Olympics, but did the disappointment turn into actual anger as depicted at the start of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Milkha Singh biopic – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag? I had my doubts. One, the tone of the headlines [Read more]

Bombay Talkies: Only Anurag Kashyap’s Murabba gets the taste right

Bombay Talkies: Only Anurag Kashyap's Murabba gets the taste right

Wasn’t Bombay Talkies supposed to be a celebration of the 100 years of Indian cinema? Then what was Karan Johar’s Ajeeb Dastaan Hain Yeh doing in there? A mere insertion of a hit number from the yesteryears and a character with a roomful of vintage film music, doesn’t make it a tribute to cinema. Irrespective [Read more]

The Amul girl isn’t 50, yet: Trivia, an awesome image and a movie

Utterly, butterly, ignoramus! I am a sucker for anniversaries. They give an opportunity to celebrate something that you want to and the occasion guarantees that readers notice (and also appreciate) your celebration. Was a bit surprised to find that the Indian media was marking the 50th anniversary of the Amul moppet, whereas her golden jubilee [Read more]

My first Android: Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830

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Phones were never a status symbol for me. In fact nothing is. I am an utilitarian, the kind who is always in the look out for paisa wasool (value for money). As someone pointed out in a tweet, that our earnings from inside air conditioned offices isn’t exactly pasine ki kamai (earned through sweat). But [Read more]

Review: Solmate Fusion portable solar charger

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I now have two (active) blogs to run. One is this and the other at work. Will occasionally cross-post from both places. Got a device for review and thought that it’ll get better exposure on the other blog. Therefore posted there first and am only giving a link back from here (for the few people [Read more]

Review: Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T (i5-460M, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD)

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Choosing that perfect laptop is tougher than choosing a mobile phone. At least for me. And at the end you may need to make some compromises. Not that the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T is a compromise of a laptop. It is the one that met most of my needs (why else would I buy it?) [Read more]

Review: Open magazine

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[Readers who have not yet read the first issue the new weekly magazine Open, might not relate to some portions of this post. You can access the magazine online here.] The issue dated October 18, 1995 was Outlook‘s inaugural issue and the cover page read “First ever opinion poll in Kashmir. 77 percent say no [Read more]

Two-and-a-half weddings, two divorces, one death and a broken bed

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I might have watched hundreds of movies in scores of theatres across the country. From the ramshackle ones with silver screens which didn’t look silver – just dirty yellow with stains all over – bedbug infested coir padded seats, to the glitzy multiplexes with Dolby Digital, padded floors, reclining comfy chairs. Ticket prices ranged from [Read more]